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MFDF Presents... Manchester By Water in assoc with Mcr Weekender.

MFDF are proud to partner with the Manchester Weekender, which runs from 1-3 October 2010 and consists of 48 hours of music, art, film, food, literature, walks, politics, photography and spectacle all wrapped up into a single weekend.

All Aboard for All Aboard

Join in our family boat party which will charter River Irwell for one day only! The boat will cruise the Manchester Ship Canal, beginning at iconic Manchester drinking and dining venue, The Mark Addy, and ending up at Salford Quays. The on-board tour guide will keep kids entertained with tales of the city’s fascinating industrial past en route and suitably creative snacks will be supplied by Mark Addy's acclaimed chef, Robert Owen Brown. The boat will drop attendees off close to Imperial War Museum North, just in time for the frolics of Shipshape Saturday, a day long session as part of the All Aboard Exhibition. This includes drop-in craft workshops, performances of real-life tales of adventure on the high seas, and Animals Aboard, a puppet-and-picture session that illustrates stories of naval animal bravery. You’ll also have time to try out the Museum’s interactive family show, All Aboard: Stories of War at Sea before boarding for a return trip with even more kids entertainment supplied.


3 x Trips

1) Depart Mark Addy: 11:30, Arrive The Quays (IWMN) 12:15

2) Depart Mark Addy: 13.15, Arrive The Quays (IWMN) 14.00

3) Depart Mark Addy: 15:00, Arrive The Quays (IWMN) 15:45

Visitors can take a boat back (they depart Salford Quays at 12.30, 14.15 and 16.00 hours that day), or can jump on a Metrolink tram, which depart regularly from Broadway Station.


£3 per person.

Price includes boat trip, child friendly tour-guide commentary and snacks for the kids.


Dinner on the River by Robert Owen Brown

Join MFDF and The Mark Addy to see Manchester as few ever do - by water. Despite being home to three rivers (the Irk, the Irwell and the Medlock), post-industrial Manchester has long turned its back on its waterways. A specially chartered boat will take you along the Irwell towards the Manchester Ship Canal, built during the ‘Cottonopolis’ era and in its day the largest navigation canal in the world. But this is more than a mere river cruise – you’ll also be served a spectacular three-course meal, specially crafted for the occasion by the one and only, Robert Owen Brown. Dining and drinks will be enjoyed alongside a personalized commentary from our on-board tour guide that sheds light on the waterside sights en route to Salford Quays – from industrial heritage and one of the UK’s top ten buildings (Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum North) to the newly opened Media City, a 21st Century digital media enclave now home to the BBC.


1 x trip

1) Depart Mark Addy: 18.30.

The boat will drop guests back at the restaurant after dinner.


£40 per person.

Price includes boat trip, 3 course, specially created dinner by Robert Owen Brown, 1/2 bottle of wine and a reception drink, plus tour-guide commentary.


Posted on 6 August 2010

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